Penland, North Carolina

Shane has won many awards and taught or lectured on lampworking at locations including Pilchuck Glass School, the University of Michigan, and Penland School of Crafts. His work has been exhibited at The Studio, Corning Museum of Glass (NY), Southern Ohio Museum, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (AL), Hunter Museum of American Art (TN), Ohio Craft Museum, Kentucky Museum of Arts and Design, St. Johns Museum of Art (NC), Georgia Museum of Art, Museum of York County, and Mint Museum of Art (NC).

The birds and totemic spirits in Shane’s work dance to a rhythm created in his imagination. It is this piquancy in both his blown vessels and sculptural work that delights the viewer. Often using colored glass in various forms of shards, powders, cane, or even stained glass, Shane accomplishes the swirling patterns and mysterious movement of color in his work. His blown pieces are achieved by the controlled forcing of air into clear glass tubes while molten, with the colors added in an overlay technique. His figurative forms consist of the manipulation of glass rods in a flame torch, alternately adding to and cooling the molten glass in sequential steps until the desired form takes shape. It is in the inventiveness of these works, that reveals his interest in anthropology, philosophy, mythology, and psychology.

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